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The Great Appliance hunt: Discoveries so far - Ed's journal
The Great Appliance hunt: Discoveries so far
So, I'm looking for: Washing machine, oven and fridge/freezer.
(Actually, Kettle and Toaster too).

Looking at it, I'd tend to conclude that the most complicated of these - thanks to moving parts, and sequenced 'stuff' to wash clothes - is the washing machine.
UK Whitegoods has a collection of quite good articles about the subject of 'what makes a washing machine'.

More complicated than I thought - especially in the last 10 years. There's a lot less manufacturers than there are labels. And a lot of the manufacturers are cutting prices down, by reducing lifespan and increasing repair costs - much the same way as you see with cars.

The one UK WhiteGoods recommends (and I'm just a little cautious about this advice, because there do seem to be people there who are affiliated, and therefore have an interest) is called the 'ISE10' - Independant Service Engineers. It's quite expensive, but based on a manifest of 10 year parts and labour warranty, an 8000 wash (1/day, for 20 years), easy to maintain, and no markup on spares.

I sort of like this notion, but I'm also aware that it comes at a premium - the units themselves, whilst they look very good in terms of how they work, are £900.
So I'm toying with whether something that's presumably better build quality, and with an expected lifespan of 10-20 years, is worth that premium. (Cheapest on the market is around £200) The cheaper end, tend to run with 2 year warranties (and sometimes only the first year includes parts and labour), and ... well, realistically you can expect to be replacing it more frequently.
I'm unsure if that's a good trade - especially if you're looking at a bit over the bare minimum price, you'll probably pay more over 10 years. On the flip side, if your '10 year' one goes bang, then you've lost out bigtime.

Hard to say really, which is more sensible.
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fishrgreat From: fishrgreat Date: December 4th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Our £200 washing machine has lasted 3 years so far and not once had an issue, so I'd be wary of spending that much if it didn't really get you much more than buying sensibly at the cheap end of the market. Ours was the which! Bed model.
fishrgreat From: fishrgreat Date: December 4th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
To which I obviously meant Best model. Tired, typing on phone from bed...
xarrion From: xarrion Date: December 4th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Unless you're getting the cheapest possible unit, I'd suggest that having a few decent ones that might last 5-10 years each is preferable/cheaper than spending £900 on one that you'd theoretically have to cart between different properties for the next two decades to make your cost/benefit savings.

Edited at 2010-12-04 10:01 am (UTC)
purp1e_magic From: purp1e_magic Date: December 4th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd agree and go with a cheaper model. If you look at spending about £300 on a machine and it lasts 5 years, you've got 5 years worth of development in the market to choose from. With the way things are going, although in 5 years' time the machines won't last any longer, they will probably run more efficiently, so that you're gaining extra benefit with yours second machine.

Our machine goes on, on average, at least once a day and has done so for 6 years so far. I would expect most machines out there that aren't bottom-end to offer the same.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: December 4th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
A £200 washing machine will serve you just fine.
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angryangeltoo From: angryangeltoo Date: December 5th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't think you need to spend that much

Most Bosch washing machines will last 10 years without that price tag.
In answer to your renting question, if you are buying a cooker you will be responsible for ensuring it is installed properly, however your landlord is responsible for making sure your gas/electrics are safe and inspected every year. So cooker wise, if it's gas still get a gas engineer to install it for you.
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